Book Giveaway!! Mexican Whiteboy

We’re giving away a copy of Mexican WhiteBoy written by Matt de la Pea–our featured novel for December’s book group meeting!! Check out the following from School Library Journal:

Danny is constantly out of place, or at least that’s how he sees it. He has a gift for pitching-his lanky arms can throw a baseball fast enough to get noticed by any coach or college scout-but he loses his cool on the mount. His mother is a blue-eyed blonde, but the color of his skin sets him apart at the private school he attends in San Diego, where he isn’t “white enough.” He isn’t “Mexican enough” for the barrio either though. He looks Mexican so everyone assumes he speaks Spanish, but he doesn’t. He can throw a baseball 95 miles per hour but isn’t on any team. All in all, he is out of place. When he spends the summer with relatives in his dad’s old neighborhood, Danny becomes convinced that if he saves up enough money he can go to Mexico and find his father. Danny is desperate to find his place in this world and develop a sense of self, longings that will ring true with any teen. This is an essential purchase for communities serving Latinos, urban, and reluctant readers.—Katie Llera, Bound Brook High School, NJ

It’s another interesting read, and a great addition to any personal or classroom library. To be entered in the giveaway, just comment on any post on the blog by November 23rd.  Everyone who comments between October 27th and November 23rd will be entered in the drawing.  If your name is chosen, we’ll contact you ASAP about mailing the book to you.

Don’t forget, we also raffle off a copy of the following month’s featured novel at each book group meeting.  So, if you’re an Albuquerque local, join us for a chance to win!

Good luck!

11 thoughts on “Book Giveaway!! Mexican Whiteboy

  1. I’ll like to get a copy, but not for myself. Our public library here has this book and I can read it there. If my name is picked from the drawing then please give the book to a Mexican-American boy or girl that you know. I went over your list of books at Children’s Lit and didn’t find ISABEL’S HOUSE OF BUTTERFLIES by Tony Johnston. I refer to this book in my novel and you might want to add it. You already have other books by the same author. Another question: Is your institute have exchange programs with universities in Latin America? Thanks.

    • Hi, Giora! We’ve got you entered in the book giveaway, and appreciate your generosity in offering the title to someone in need in our community. You can be sure we’ll pass the thought along. Thank you, too, for the suggestion of Isabel’s House of Butterflies. We weren’t familiar with it. What a lovely book! We’ll add it to our bibliography. Regarding exchange programs: the University of New Mexico has multiple exchange agreements with institutions throughout the Americas, but each agreement is designed with a unique purpose (student exchange programs, faculty research collaboration, etc.). Please feel free to email me apart from the blog ( to talk more about this if you’d like add’l information. And, as always, thanks for stopping by!


    • Hi, Giora! It’s our pleasure to announce that you won our signed copy of The Tequila Worm! Per your request, we’ll make sure that this wonderful edition makes it to a special someone in community. Thank you for your generosity!!


  2. I believe this book will resonate with a large percentage of young kids, especially since we have a much more biracial, bicultural society.
    I always felt weird growing up with an Anglo surname, in a barrio, and with morena skin. It was a constant ‘flag’ for other people to ask “what are you?” As a teenager, my sisters, brother and I “mexicanized” our last name, pronouncing it with Spanish vowels.

  3. alvarado, I also grew up experiencing the same thing. I have a very anglo last name and I always felt like I had to prove my Latina identity. I think the good thing about this is that it shows there is a sense of pride in being bi-racial or bi-cultural, which may not have been the case a generation ago. I think having multicultural literature written by diverse authors in the classroom is the best way to highlight this progress and this novel is a great example!

  4. My son is in Junior high here in California, where we have a large ethnic population. I think he would enjoy reading this book, since many of his friends are “Mexican White Boys.” It’s the kind of book that all kids in this area should read to promote more understanding between races.

  5. I enjoyed last month’s book The Tequila Worm and the club meeting! I am looking forward to reading Mexican Whiteboy and the club meeting as well!!

    • We’re so glad that you joined us last night! Can’t wait to hear what you think of Mexican Whiteboy (and get an update on where you and your students are with the reading challenge).

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